From the screwdrivers sipped by 1950s housewives to the cosmopolitans that fuel the Sex and the City ladies, fruit flavors have been the backbone of vodka cocktails. SKYY Pineapple Vodka is part of the brand's 16-flavor infusion line.
The all-natural flavors introduced nationwide by the subsidiary of Gruppo Campari come in a variety of flavors such as Bartlett Pear, Blood Orange and Honeycrisp Apple and Pineapple. Straight from the distinctive blue bottle, the drink’s saccharine sweetness helps mask the taste of alcohol contained within, although a warm, pleasing burn travels down the esophagus. There is a little aftertaste, as the 70-proof drink does not produce the “clean” feeling in the mouth of higher-end vodkas. We surmise the vodka used is closer to SKYY Vodka rather than their top-of-the-line SKYY90. SKYY Pineapple Vodka is made from wheat and distilled in Pekin, Illinois, though the island-y pineapple flavors make it taste a world away. Sipping it, the juiciness of the fruity aroma draws you into a sweet, almost overripe flavor in the mouth.
Hawaiian Breeze Recipe
4 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple
2 oz. orange juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
1.5 oz. ginger liqueur
0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a 15 oz. ice-filled hurricane glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.